Chief: Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Being Treated

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A GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $400,000 by early Sunday for the 5-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries when a stranger flung him off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Authorities said Saturday that the boy who was thrown from a Mall of America third-floor balcony Friday is fighting for his life.

Police received an initial report at 10:17am saying a child had fallen from the third level of the mall, but witnesses reported the child was pushed or thrown by a man, Potts said.

The child and suspect did not know each other and investigators are "actively trying to figure out why this occurred", Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters, according to the Pioneer Press.

The name of the victim has not been released, and his family is asking for their privacy to be respected.

On Saturday, Potts declined to give specifics about Aranda's mental health but said some of the previous cases had been handled in mental health courts.

A witness Friday at the mall told WCCO that the child's mother was screaming that someone had thrown her child from the balcony.

Aranda is being held on suspicion of attempted murder, and Potts said the police are expecting to submit the case to prosecutors by midday Monday in support of the charges.

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Aranda's criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process/interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for fifth-degree assault, trespassing and damage to property.

Then in October 2015, Aranda returned to the Mall of America again - in violation of his no-trespass order - and harassed and assaulted a woman inside a restaurant there, records show.

A fundraising page was set up to help the family with their hospital costs which has now racked up over $330,000 and is rising by the minute.

"The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care".

When asked about the child's condition, police said he "is still alive".

Jail records don't list an attorney for Aranda. He said the suspect was located at the transit station just outside of the Mall of America.

Despite the incident, Potts thinks the mall is still a safe place.

Potts said Bloomington police had not had any contact with the suspect since 2015, until Friday's incident.

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